Review: Red Rosa

Caliban's Revenge reviews Red Rosa, a graphic biography of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg by Kate Evans. The uses and abuses of Rosa Luxemburg as a revolutionary icon are many, and they tend to focus excessively...

Review – Edward Upward: Art and Life

Andrew Stone reviews a recent biography of the left-wing writer Edward Upward,  Edward Upward: Art and Life by Peter Stansky Edward Upward was one of the less-feted members of the 'Auden Circle', a generation of...

Long Live Satie!

Alexander Billet assesses the life and impact of composer Erik Satie, 150 years after his birth. There are a great many fun and entertaining ways one could celebrate the 150th birthday of Erik Satie. The...

Bad comedy and bardolatry: on the politics of Shakespeare in the age of mechanical...

It's 400 years since Shakespeare died, and Kate Bradley doesn't care. This year, the BBC tells me, 'Shakespeare Lives'. Apparently, it's 400 years since Shakespeare died, and the BBC is using it as an excuse...

Can we afford to laugh at ourselves in Broken Britain? A review of The...

In the bleak years of Stalinist Russia Nikolai Erdman wrote a grim satire about a man planning to take his own life. In the bleak years of neoliberal Britain Suhayla El-Bushra has updated the...

‘Your lunacy fits in nicely with my own’ (from ‘Sea Song’)

Starting out as drummer and singer for Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt has been making music for over 5 decades. Neil Rogall reviews 'Different Every Time', a new biography of him by Marcus O'Dair Robert Wyatt, now in...

Kes: a tale for our times. Remembering Barry Hines.

Barry Hines, the author of such books as A Kestrel for a Knave, which became the film Kes, has died aged 76. Colin Revolting offers an appreciation of his seminal work. Kes, or A Kestral...

On cultural appropriation, from American Spirit to Palmyra

While symbols and their deployment undoubtedly structure our experience, Will Searby argues that power relations have a materiality that an uncritical understanding of 'cultural appropriation' can obscure.  I still remember the first time I came across American Spirit...

“You can’t organise a riot”: racism, riots and arrests in 1981

  In memory of John "Brad" Bradbury of the Specials who topped the charts with Ghost Town whilst Britain burst into flames of riots and racism in 1981 - Colin Revolting remembers how anti -...

“Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released”

Michael Rosen  reports  on an  "Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released". "We can drop bombs through the eye of a needle. We can't always find the needle. But we drop the bombs anyway. And...